Blog: I’m guilty of pavement rage...

I hate to admit it, but I was guilty of a spot of pavement rage at the weekend.

I was negotiating a course along a narrow pavement bordering a busy road, but found it impossible due to small groups of people standing chatting or meandering at a snail’s pace without a care for those behind.

At one point a woman with a pram suddenly stopped, completely blocking the path, to retrieve a sausage roll from the bottom of her bag which she then broke up to feed to her child. A section of pavement became dangerously overcrowded, but she didn’t bat an eyelid.

At that moment I displayed both pavement and pram rage. Both are among the emotions exhibited by people in the run-up to Christmas. A survey found that the most annoying pedestrians, inciting rage as we go about our business, include dawdlers, tightly knit groups and people pushing prams.

I can offer up plenty more – and these are not only irritating at Christmas, but throughout the year: Women at petrol pumps who return to their cars after filling up, not even glancing at the long queue of cars waiting behind, who then proceed to do their make-up or fiddle about in their handbag for 10 minutes.

Impatient rail commuters who are unable to hang on for two minutes to allow passengers to disembark. I honestly can’t understand this – they can see people inside queuing to get off and people spilling out onto the platform, yet they insist of barging in to secure a seat ahead of everyone else.

Mobile phone users who are oblivious to all life beyond their keypad. It doesn’t matter where people are, what they are doing, or to whom they are talking, if the phone rings they will stop and start chatting into it or jabbing away at it. I was in a long queue at the building society the other day, while a women at the service desk stood texting a friend without a care for the poor man dealing with her transaction.

He simply had to wait until she had discussed what video game to buy for her son.

Bus travellers: At peak times, when people are travelling to work or to catch a train, is not the time to start chatting to the bus driver about timetable changes. Some people have no consideration at all, and will continue talking for some minutes.

Equally rage-inciting are those people who regularly produce £20 notes at 6am to pay a small fare, causing major headaches for the bus driver, and unnecessary delays.

And last but not least, my Christmas bugbear of people with millions of bags from posh shops, showing off as they wend their way back to their posh cars. But maybe that’s more jealousy than rage.

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3:01pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Thankfully, there is a timeless feeling that is the perfect solution for jealousy as well as the timeless feeling that is the answer to pavement and pram rage.
Thankfully, there is a timeless feeling that is the perfect solution for jealousy as well as the timeless feeling that is the answer to pavement and pram rage. Ken Shuffles

3:04pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I love you, your jealousy and your rage.
I love you, your jealousy and your rage. Ken Shuffles

3:06pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Especially, your beautiful precious little feet.
Especially, your beautiful precious little feet. Ken Shuffles

3:12pm Mon 16 Dec 13

AnthonyUK says...

What winds me up is people deliberately blocking pavements especially kids with bikes etc and thinking they have the right to keep them there and obstruct others access. If I had kids that did this they'd get a bloody clout sent in told off and grounded;that's NOT abuse that's good old fashioned discipline!!!! There is too much "me me me" and utter selfishness from young people and their stuck-up parents/braindead families in this world and it's time it was quelled.
What winds me up is people deliberately blocking pavements especially kids with bikes etc and thinking they have the right to keep them there and obstruct others access. If I had kids that did this they'd get a bloody clout sent in told off and grounded;that's NOT abuse that's good old fashioned discipline!!!! There is too much "me me me" and utter selfishness from young people and their stuck-up parents/braindead families in this world and it's time it was quelled. AnthonyUK

3:12pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

When I am not within you, everything else is in my way.
When I am not within you, everything else is in my way. Ken Shuffles

3:18pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Benjamin James says...

Personally the thing that **** me right off is (on the number 1 bus route) when the bus is coming up to Kwik Fit, just before it would turn to the old town centre bus stop, people start getting up to get off the bus.

I don't get it? Nor do I get the need for fifteen effing people to continuously ring the bell to say "HEY, MR DRIVER, YOU KNOW I NEED TO GET OFF IN TOWN RIGHT? Y'KNOW, THE STOP WHERE THE BUS DOESN'T GO ANY FURTHER"
I don't get some people, then they feel the need if getting off at Debenhams to just clog up the gangway because they need to get off first. All last week I was regularly late for work due to the fact that 3 buses every morning just didn't show up between 9.30 and 10.00 and I start at 10. This annoyed me but i'm not going to be tripping people up so I can be the first off the bus. Don't people realise that if you press the bell, the driver knows to stop at the next stop, he will check his mirror to see who is getting on.


Pavements are the same... People stopping chatting talking and taking up space because "it's a free country". They seem to have an attitude of you move around me, i'm having a chat here mate. It annoys me and it's down to one thing... Etiquette. Social etiquette does not exist any more. No one cares for anyone but themselves.
Personally the thing that **** me right off is (on the number 1 bus route) when the bus is coming up to Kwik Fit, just before it would turn to the old town centre bus stop, people start getting up to get off the bus. I don't get it? Nor do I get the need for fifteen effing people to continuously ring the bell to say "HEY, MR DRIVER, YOU KNOW I NEED TO GET OFF IN TOWN RIGHT? Y'KNOW, THE STOP WHERE THE BUS DOESN'T GO ANY FURTHER" I don't get some people, then they feel the need if getting off at Debenhams to just clog up the gangway because they need to get off first. All last week I was regularly late for work due to the fact that 3 buses every morning just didn't show up between 9.30 and 10.00 and I start at 10. This annoyed me but i'm not going to be tripping people up so I can be the first off the bus. Don't people realise that if you press the bell, the driver knows to stop at the next stop, he will check his mirror to see who is getting on. Pavements are the same... People stopping chatting talking and taking up space because "it's a free country". They seem to have an attitude of you move around me, i'm having a chat here mate. It annoys me and it's down to one thing... Etiquette. Social etiquette does not exist any more. No one cares for anyone but themselves. Benjamin James

3:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I'm utterly selfish about you.
I'm utterly selfish about you. Ken Shuffles

3:27pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Your feet won't even touch the pavement again when I get hold of you.
Your feet won't even touch the pavement again when I get hold of you. Ken Shuffles

3:29pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I hate it when women defer me to their identical twin sister.
I hate it when women defer me to their identical twin sister. Ken Shuffles

3:39pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

You and anthony could probably write a book on pavement and bus ettiquette by the sound of.
You and anthony could probably write a book on pavement and bus ettiquette by the sound of. Ken Shuffles

3:50pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

It feels good, to just have you both on the same page.
It feels good, to just have you both on the same page. Ken Shuffles

3:58pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Pulling you to one side.
Pulling you to one side. Ken Shuffles

4:03pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

People don't usually care about where they are, as much as they care about where they are going or where it is they have been. Caring about where we are, what we are and who we are, is what counts.
People don't usually care about where they are, as much as they care about where they are going or where it is they have been. Caring about where we are, what we are and who we are, is what counts. Ken Shuffles

4:12pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

.....and pulling you.
.....and pulling you. Ken Shuffles

7:38pm Mon 16 Dec 13

HarryBosch says...

People like Ken Shuffles clogging up the comments column with meaningless tripe! Now THAT really does get my goat!!
People like Ken Shuffles clogging up the comments column with meaningless tripe! Now THAT really does get my goat!! HarryBosch

5:06am Tue 17 Dec 13

s4awx123 says...

People who insist at petrol stations by having to pull up with the fuel cap same side as the petrol pump , and then sit there waiting for the car in front to fill up and move off.
People who insist at petrol stations by having to pull up with the fuel cap same side as the petrol pump , and then sit there waiting for the car in front to fill up and move off. s4awx123

8:07am Tue 17 Dec 13

AnthonyUK says...

If I see a child's bike lying in the street in future i'll either push it aside or stand it up even if the parents sticks up for their kid(s) rights to leave it there;direct action against those who are smaller than you even to a mum or dad's disapproval often works!
If I see a child's bike lying in the street in future i'll either push it aside or stand it up even if the parents sticks up for their kid(s) rights to leave it there;direct action against those who are smaller than you even to a mum or dad's disapproval often works! AnthonyUK

10:14am Tue 17 Dec 13

Benjamin James says...

HarryBosch wrote:
People like Ken Shuffles clogging up the comments column with meaningless tripe! Now THAT really does get my goat!!
I must agree with Harry Bosch here. I have had several comment conversations with Ken Shuffles before and I must say he does say some good things from time to time.

However Ken, you are chatting utter b0llocks here mate. You're not positively contributing towards the discussion in any way whatsoever, you're rambling on about nothing and most of the time it's not at all relevant to what is being said in the comments or said in the main article.

Please consider before you post "is this relevant to the conversation and will I add to it, or will I just be streaming off a collection of letters and words that make no sense"
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: People like Ken Shuffles clogging up the comments column with meaningless tripe! Now THAT really does get my goat!![/p][/quote]I must agree with Harry Bosch here. I have had several comment conversations with Ken Shuffles before and I must say he does say some good things from time to time. However Ken, you are chatting utter b0llocks here mate. You're not positively contributing towards the discussion in any way whatsoever, you're rambling on about nothing and most of the time it's not at all relevant to what is being said in the comments or said in the main article. Please consider before you post "is this relevant to the conversation and will I add to it, or will I just be streaming off a collection of letters and words that make no sense" Benjamin James

11:08am Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Do you think your comments are a meaningful contribution to something or that they add something to the discussion or take something away from the discussion.? Do you think your comments change anything, mean anything, or make any sense to me because I can tell you that your opinions change nothing and your emotions are in no way relevent to even your own timeless feelings let alone anyone elses ****.
Do you think your comments are a meaningful contribution to something or that they add something to the discussion or take something away from the discussion.? Do you think your comments change anything, mean anything, or make any sense to me because I can tell you that your opinions change nothing and your emotions are in no way relevent to even your own timeless feelings let alone anyone elses ****. Ken Shuffles

11:10am Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

**** bo*llocks
**** bo*llocks Ken Shuffles

11:11am Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Do you think emotions and opinions have something, anything, to do with your feelings ?
Do you think emotions and opinions have something, anything, to do with your feelings ? Ken Shuffles

11:17am Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Opinions and emotions on anything, mine or yours, are certainly not a meaningful or even helpful, contribution to anything. What we can feel, is the only thing that makes any sense.
Opinions and emotions on anything, mine or yours, are certainly not a meaningful or even helpful, contribution to anything. What we can feel, is the only thing that makes any sense. Ken Shuffles

11:24am Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Finding the perfect feeling for you is possible. Perfection is possible. What are you doing opinionating and emoting on here when one beautiful feeling can answer every question ?
Finding the perfect feeling for you is possible. Perfection is possible. What are you doing opinionating and emoting on here when one beautiful feeling can answer every question ? Ken Shuffles

11:31am Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I'm not saying I'm not guity of pram and pavement and omnibus rage too. I can express my shame, shortcomings and guilt just as much as anyone. I can emote guilt and I can express my perfect feelings too.
I'm not saying I'm not guity of pram and pavement and omnibus rage too. I can express my shame, shortcomings and guilt just as much as anyone. I can emote guilt and I can express my perfect feelings too. Ken Shuffles

11:36am Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Do you want to find the perfect feeling that ticks all your boxes and answers all your questions or your own pram, your own pavement and total control of the buses.???
Do you want to find the perfect feeling that ticks all your boxes and answers all your questions or your own pram, your own pavement and total control of the buses.??? Ken Shuffles

1:04pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

You need to get in touch with your feelings mate. They could turn out to be more important to you than all your opinions and emotions put together.
You need to get in touch with your feelings mate. They could turn out to be more important to you than all your opinions and emotions put together. Ken Shuffles

1:08pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

It might take a quantum leap of understanding but your feelings could turn out to be more important and more real to you, than any of the opinionating and emoting you do.
It might take a quantum leap of understanding but your feelings could turn out to be more important and more real to you, than any of the opinionating and emoting you do. Ken Shuffles

1:14pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Sometimes, I think your beautiful, precious, feelings are more beautiful and precious to me than they are to you.
Sometimes, I think your beautiful, precious, feelings are more beautiful and precious to me than they are to you. Ken Shuffles

1:15pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Delete, sometimes from above comment.
Delete, sometimes from above comment. Ken Shuffles

1:22pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Forget all the emotion and opinions you have and you might just feel and understand what you promised your self you would feel and understand.
Forget all the emotion and opinions you have and you might just feel and understand what you promised your self you would feel and understand. Ken Shuffles

2:39pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Benjamin James says...

Ken, your philosophy is sound. I am not taking that away from you, what I am stating is that this article now has 30 comments 20+ of which are from you.
You repeat yourself in comments underneath, then quote and change the words. My feelings are my feelings and I am thankful that you care for me as do I care for you, what I am simply stating is that there is a certain amount of etiquette to be upheld on the comments section and your incessant commenting has no meaning whatsoever.

All I ask of you is that you simply try and comment in relation to the topic at hand, and try and fit it all in one comment, you're not presenting yourself well, you're coming across as someone who is currently experiencing their first day on the internet.
Ken, your philosophy is sound. I am not taking that away from you, what I am stating is that this article now has 30 comments 20+ of which are from you. You repeat yourself in comments underneath, then quote and change the words. My feelings are my feelings and I am thankful that you care for me as do I care for you, what I am simply stating is that there is a certain amount of etiquette to be upheld on the comments section and your incessant commenting has no meaning whatsoever. All I ask of you is that you simply try and comment in relation to the topic at hand, and try and fit it all in one comment, you're not presenting yourself well, you're coming across as someone who is currently experiencing their first day on the internet. Benjamin James

2:40pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Benjamin James says...

8 out of the 32 comments (including this one) are from posters other than yourself. You have posted 24 comments on this, only one of which I would say is adding to the conversation.

I apologise to Helen Mead for getting involved in this and also taking the conversation away from her article.
8 out of the 32 comments (including this one) are from posters other than yourself. You have posted 24 comments on this, only one of which I would say is adding to the conversation. I apologise to Helen Mead for getting involved in this and also taking the conversation away from her article. Benjamin James

4:24pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I apologise and will let Helen Meade tell me when I can write from now on.
I apologise and will let Helen Meade tell me when I can write from now on. Ken Shuffles

4:36pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Moanings and whingings and complaining politely can obviously pass as a conversation in some circles.
Moanings and whingings and complaining politely can obviously pass as a conversation in some circles. Ken Shuffles

4:43pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I think your comments are full of meaning and so polite.
I think your comments are full of meaning and so polite. Ken Shuffles

4:50pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I write for perfection about perfection. I don't see why I need to be polite about what I write. I don't judge the quantity of your musings on imperfection.
I write for perfection about perfection. I don't see why I need to be polite about what I write. I don't judge the quantity of your musings on imperfection. Ken Shuffles

4:54pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Just tell me when.
Just tell me when. Ken Shuffles

6:15pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Darren1951 says...

KS - could someone please give me a pint of what he's been drinking.
KS - could someone please give me a pint of what he's been drinking. Darren1951

6:17pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Darren1951 says...

Just a thought, but could KS possible be 2 for 5p in disguise?
Just a thought, but could KS possible be 2 for 5p in disguise? Darren1951

5:27am Wed 18 Dec 13

HarryBosch says...

Darren1951 wrote:
Just a thought, but could KS possible be 2 for 5p in disguise?
No Darren. Sadly, they are both unique individuals.
[quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: Just a thought, but could KS possible be 2 for 5p in disguise?[/p][/quote]No Darren. Sadly, they are both unique individuals. HarryBosch

7:58pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Lancs - pensioner says...

Is this the Ken Shuffles show?
Is this the Ken Shuffles show? Lancs - pensioner

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